What was your foundation ie your starting point? 195lbs at 6’1 with 8 years on your belt? Not putting you down mate but with that size frame you need to be over 200 to look like you even weight train. At least that was my case. You have noble quest indeed. Was your training a consisten 8 years or the on n off deal? [/quote]
I don’t take what you say personal. I have a large frame and want to look like I weight train. That’s why I want to get closer to my natural limit.
Of course like the rest of us, it’s on and off 8 years. If it were 8 years of consistency I’d be pushing my natural limit for sure at this point in time, however the point of this thread is that I realize I’m not at my natural limit. I have been around 220 natural before, but at more like mid to high teens bf wise. I’m going to measure my progress over the next 30 days or so and I’ll see where I end up
I agree that I have a pretty decent size frame and that 195 is not going to fill it out like a pro, but I by no means have those genetics. When I was 220 I was hitting the weights hard. I worked at a gym part time and the gym had few clients so I basically got paid to train. I definitely looked like I trained then. My neck was so huge that everyone who hadn’t seen me in a while commented on my overall thickness. I was deadlifting 5 plates at that time. Since then I have hurt my back deadlifting though. We’ll see about incorporating heavy deads back.
During that time my consistency was good. I was in the gym 5 or 6 days, somedays doing 2 a days. I did each body part 2X a week, one day with 12-15 reps, one day with 6-8 reps on a 3 day split (upper push, upper pull, lower. I would alternate the weeks that I emphasized hip and quad dominant exercises for the different rep ranges if that makes any sense, e.g. week 1 day 1, 10 sets quad dominant X 12-15. week 1 day 4, 8 sets hip dominant X 6-8. Week 2 day 1, 8 sets sets quad dominant X 6-8. Week 2 day 4, 10 sets hip dominant X 12-15).
I realllllly need to work on flexibility training over the next 30 days as well. I read somewhere that real flexibility requires a month of 1 hour a day. That can then be maintained with 2 weekly sessions of 1 hour each. I know that sounds like a f#ck of a lot of stretching, but I need it. You most likely do too. I digress. I’ll post my stretching and shoulder results after I finish tonight.